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Mexican Style Eggs


Mexican eggs

 

Mexican Scrambled Eggs

Some times we all need a change of pace from our normal scrambled eggs. This is a simple way to make you scrambled eggs Mexican style. This recipe is great  for breakfast and even an evening meal. Serve the eggs with beans and tortillas for a balanced meal. Using a cast iron frying pan and serve them right out of the pan for a one less bowl to clean meal. I double the recipe and make the one serving three eggs for dinner.

Ingredients: 

Cooking oil

2 tablespoons salsa

Two eggs scrambled

1/2 cup cheddar cheese
 Directions:

Lightly oil a small omelet pan on medium high. Put into the pan about 2 tablespoons of salsa.  Next place two scrambled eggs into the pan and cook until almost done. Add ¼ cup of cheddar cheese on top and place a lid on top. Cook until cheese has melted.

 

Enjoy!

 

Chicken and Rice Via Instant Pot

chicken and rice

 

Today I made a traditional casserole but using the instant pot. This made this one pot dish ready in minutes. This dish was part of my meal and the casserole does have a protein (chicken), starch (rice) and vegetables (broccoli). I added a muffin and orange to add more nutrients and make the meal more fun with different textures and tastes.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil

2chicken  thighs and legs, cooked and cubed ( you can cook raw cubed chicken with the onions until lightly golden).

1 onion, finely diced

1 1/3 cups white rice

1 1/2 cups chicken broth

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon turmeric root- optional for color and nutrition

1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 cup milk

1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

2 cups frozen broccoli, thawed

Directions:

Without the lid on set the instant pot to sauté. Add the onion and sauté until translucent. Add the chicken , rice , broth, and seasoning. Put on the lid on and put manual, set 5 minutes on high pressure.

When do a quick release. Whisk together the flour and milk. With the lid off set  to meat/stew. Cook for 2 minutes Stir in the cheese and broccoli and cook for 2 more minutes.

 

Lisa’s $50 Dollar A Week Grocery Shopping and Menu

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Last week I did a tried to do $40 a week and really came short. As I ran my new paycheck budget this week I had $ 50. Ya, 10 more bucks to spend. So I made plans to spend that much. Still I over by $10 but they only had a pack of two chickens, I got some chorizo for breakfast burritos for $1.00.  I should had just purchased a few oranges instead of a bag. I actually have some food left over from last week from the chicken purchased and some italian sausage I got to make some soup but I had some sausage left over that worked, two oranges, milk and a couple of other items . Below I worked out the menu.  DH purchased some cereal and apples so this is truly not correct so all the food in the home but they did not come out of my budget. Some of the food are stables that are purchased every month or so. They will be purchased, as needed. The oatmeal, peanut butter, sausage were purchased last week. This week my shopping was all done at Wal-Mart. We drove the larger city near us to do shopping. I was surprised since most of the items were about 10 cents cheaper than I can get locally.

Saturday

Breakfast: Oatmeal, Coffee

Lunch: Out to eat

Dinner: Fish Fillets (Packaged), Oven roasted potato slices, Corn

Sunday

Breakfast: Mexican Sausage and eggs (Mexican or Breakfast burritos), Coffee

Lunch: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Orange

Dinner: Chicken & Rice Casserole, Muffins, orange, Fruit cocktail

Monday

Breakfast: Eggs,toast

Lunch: leftovers. Orange

Dinner: Crescent Chicken Ring, Baked Potato, Fruit

Tuesday

Breakfast: Oatmeal, Fruit, Coffee

Lunch: Peanut butter & Jelly Sandwich, Orange

Dinner: Spanish Egg omelet, Mixed Vegetables

Wednesday

Breakfast: Oatmeal, Fruit ,Coffee

Lunch: Leftovers

Dinner: Spaghetti with Italian sausage meatballs. Green Beans. bread

Thursday

Breakfast: Oatmeal, Fruit

Lunch: Leftover

Dinner: Pork chops, mixed Vegetables, Rice

Friday

Breakfast: Peanut butter and toast, orange

Lunch: Leftovers

Dinner: Chicken fajita, tortillas, mexican rice, pinto beans

 

Shopping list:

 

Bread Flour  2.88

Muffin mix  0.98

Fruit mix canned  1.00

Fish Fillets  3.50

Frozen mixed veg.  0.98

Frozen corn  0.98

Frozen California mixed veg.  1.44

1 pound ground beef    3.98

chorizo   0.97

Pork chops   3.63

Milk    2.94

Cheddar cheese 1 pound   4.93

cream cheese  1.25

one Avocado  0.58

Crescent rolls  1.82

bananas 1 lb. ? 0.55     1.18

2 tomatoes  1 lb. /1.98       1.70

2 chickens    11.46

Wheat bread  2.58

Potatoes 10 pounds    3.98

Subtotal:    $56.70

If I removed one of the chickens the total would had been 51.49 so I really got close this time. If I did not get the chorizo and avocado I could had been right on. 

 

Lisa’s $40 Dollar A Week Grocery Shopping and Menu

Do to cuts in hours I must watch my spending.  I do not have to pay for everything in the home but I income supports our food purchased.  As you can see my food budget per week is 50%. I will most likely keep the budget the same but will keep the food budget at 50 %.  I have to keep the debts payment at $30.00.  This means I will only have most week about $ 40.00 for the two of us. This is a challenge.

So this week I made an effort to only buy $ 40.00 dollars of groceries. I really failed although it seemed I really did not buy much. Here is what I purchased:

1 bag of oranges  $ 3.98

1 bag apples $ 4.94

Bag yellow onions  $ 2.64

3 tomatoes $ 1.50

Tortillas  $ 2.88

Penne Noodles $ $ 1.00

brocoli cuts frozen $ 0.98

Milk  $ 2.34

Chicken leg quarters  $ 4.80

Cheddar cheese $ 2.52

mozzarella Cheese $ 2.52

Frozen peas $ 0.98

Frozen chopped spinach $ 1.44

Bananas 1.62 pounds  $ 0.89

Sweet potatoes 2 for $ 1.23

Garlic one clove  $ .40

enchilada sauce $ 1.96

Cheese pasta sauce $ 1.77

peanut butter $ 3.50

Chicken noodle soup large $ 2.24

Ground beef 1 lb. $ 3.98

pepperoni $ $ 2.98

Italian sausage $ 2.76

Total: 56.65

So I failed to reach the $ 40.00 dollar mark. This was also using some items I had at home in the pantry and freezer to make the meals. I have already make bread twice this week but ran out of bread flour. Still that is not bad for a grocery shop when I usually spend al least $ 100.00 per week. The good think is I have not gone hungry this week but have craved for more meat. A nice big pork chop, beef roast  or steak sound wonderful. Some items like the ground beef made two 2 meals so far and will be in next weeks menu plan.

This is my meal plan for the week starting on Friday.

1/29

Breakfast: Eggs Toast Peanut butter

Lunch: Left overs

Dinner: Spaghetti , Broccoli, bread, butter made in Instant pot

1/30

Breakfast: cereal with milk

Lunch: Leftovers

Dinner Heirloom bean soup with sausage and rustic bread

1/31

Breakfast: pancakes, syrup, yogurt

Lunch: Fully loaded Pizza

Dinner: Left overs

2/1

Breakfast: Oatmeal with milk and honey, yogurt with honey

Lunch: Spaghetti

Dinner: Pasta with chicken, diced tomatoes, broccoli

2/2

Breakfast: 3 eggs, oatmeal, milk, orange

Lunch: Pasta w/ chicken, diced tomatoes, broccoli

Dinner: Baked sweet potato, chicken thigh baked, peas and carrots

2/3

Breakfast: yogurt, orange

Lunch: Pinto beans, green beans

Dinner: Baked eggs over tomato, canned pineapple, toast with peanut butter

2/4

Breakfast: oatmeal, canned fruit

Lunch: Peanut butter sandwich, chicken noodle soup

Dinner: chicken thigh, Pasta with chicken and tomatoes, peas and carrots.

 

This meal plan can change if I end up with more left overs than planned. This happen with the spaghetti. It has been one meal and two lunches. In a couple of days I will plan for next week and have it up. I am hoping to hit around $ 40.00 using a calculator, items on sale and not buying some items if I go over.  The Heirloom bean soup with sausage was really good.  I plan to make it again next week  and will put the recipe on this blog. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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